How could two totally different approaches and teachings be the same name? I was nearly exploding at this seemingly double bind I’d created for myself. I e-mailed the IMC asking for some clarification, and got a fantastic reply. In that they clarifying how both S.N. Goenka and Gil Fronsdal have Theravada Buddhism at their core. They then explained how the differences in teaching styles came about from this same tradation.
“Goenka emphasizes the second foundation/application of mindfulness described in the Satipatthana Sutta - which is to focus on mindfulness of “feeling tones” (pleasant, unpleasant, neither) as a path to liberation.
Gil’s teachings encompass a wider range of teachings from the Theravada tradition, employing a variety of approaches to develop mindfulness and other qualities/characteristics that support our development in following the path to liberation, rather than narrowing the focus to one specific technique”
My gut feeling/instict was telling me that Goenka was really locking in on one area, blocking the greater holistic methods upon how to live life through Dharma. The IMC has a great collection of books on the greater Vipassana practice if interested.